The UE40F6800 represents a good compromise between price, feature count and picture quality, so it's a great buy for people who were considering a stylish, high-end TV like Samsung's F7000, but baulked at its high price.
The TX-L65WT600B has a slick design, a DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 connection, but its edge dimming system is unsophisticated and black levels below par. It's not the convincing 4K package I was hoping for.
With its slim bezel, classy stand and cool motorised drop-down soundbar, LG's 65LA970 is a really handsome TV, and it produces some great pictures across SD, HD and Ultra HD. Its images on sports footage are marred, however, by banding during camera pans, it doesn’t support HDMI V2.0, and the benefits of Ultra HD aren't all that apparent on a screen this size.
Toshiba's 39L4353 is far from perfect. It lacks the ability to reproduce deep black levels (robbing its pictures of extra richness), its menu system is sluggish and its smart TV system below par. If you mainly watch TV in a bright room however, and use an external set top box for your TV and on-demand services, then its shortcomings will be less obvious and its rock-bottom price of £400 makes it much more tempting.
The Sony KD-65X9005 is an excellent TV that produces some of the best pictures we've seen on an LED set. It also has fantastic Full HD passive 3D support and speakers that really do produce excellent audio. It's very expensive though, and the benefits of its 4K resolution at this screen size are extremely minor. Plus its HDMI ports don’t currently support V2.0 of the HDMI standard, although an update is on the way.
The Panasonic TX-P42ST60 is a superb TV for the money. Its picture performance puts many sets costing twice as much to shame thanks to its excellent colour handling and deep black levels. It also has decent sound quality, easy to use menus and a premium design. The only slight downside is that its smart TV system is light on catch-up TV apps.
With good connectivity, decent picture performance and a stylish design, there's plenty to like about Toshiba's 32L6353, especially as it's so cheap. Sony's KDL-32W653, however, only costs around £40 more, has significantly better picture quality and a snappier smart TV system. Ultimately, if you can afford it we'd suggest you go for that model instead.
The PS60F5500 lacks an effective anti-reflection filter so it's not a sensible choice for those who mostly watch TV during daylight hours in bright rooms. For dark room viewing, however, it puts in a much better showing thanks to its combination of big screen size, great smart TV system, relatively low price and decent picture quality.
We're not keen on the set's use of an external power supply or the fact it only has two HDMI ports. The KDL-42W653A, however, redeems itself with excellent picture quality thanks to its deep black levels and strong standard definition upscaling. If you're not interested in 3D support, which this set lacks, then it's a good budget buy.
Toshiba's 58L7365DB lacks finesse with standard-definition pictures and its smart TV system is sluggish. Its HD performance is on the whole quite impressive, however, and its price is attractive, so if you're looking for a big TV that's modestly priced, it's worth seeking out.
The LG 55LA740's strengths are its tasteful design and bright, vivid colours. Its smart TV system could do with more catch up TV apps though, and its mediocre black levels means it's not the best choice for serious movie fans.
The ZT65 is primarily designed to produce the best picture quality ever seen on a 1080p TV -- and the good news is it succeeds. It has some weaknesses in other areas, but if it's ultimate picture quality you're after, it delivers in spades.
Samsung's 55-inch UE55F7000 looks supremely thin and stylish and has a top-notch smart TV system onboard. But although it delivers impressively sharp and bright pictures, overall image quality is marred by some light bleed that stops it from producing convincingly deep and even black levels.
The KDL-47W805A delivers good pictures in brighter rooms and has very good standard-definition upscaling. Its mediocre black levels means it's not a great choice for evening movie viewing, however. It's also a tad expensive and its smart TV system lags Samsung's.
LG's 42LA690 is an attractive TV that delivers good picture performance with HD sources and also is also an impressive performer in terms of sound quality. It's a shame, however, its standard definition pictures aren't better and that it doesn't support more TV catch-up services.
Its performance in a darker room is not on a par with the pricey F8000, but it offers many of that set's other impressive features, including its smart TV system, at a much more reasonable price. As a result, the Samsung UE40F6400 is a good mid-range family TV.
The 55LA860 is a very strong TV from LG, but it's lacking a smidgeon of finesse in the picture department to make it a really great one. It could also do with a few extra catch-up TV apps. Nevertheless, its pictures across both 2D and 3D are for the most part very engaging, its design is gorgeous and it booms out some robust sound.
The UE55F8000 is the best LED TV I've seen so far this year. It has strong picture and audio quality and a truly excellent smart TV system, making it a well-rounded package. Nevertheless, it's hugely expensive and if you mostly use your TV to watch movies in the evening, you'll get the same features, except with better picture quality and at lower price from Samsung's slightly chunkier F8500 plasma.